We have just identified the issue of mental health, but more broadly speaking, wellness is now recognised both by researchers and consumers alike as being pivotal to enhancing one’s wellbeing and appearance.

A few years before WHO defined Wellness, Abraham Maslow (1943) developed the “hierarchy of human needs” citing “physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem and self-actualisation” as essential for a person to feel motivated. 

Maslow’s pyramid of the needs explains the lower levels have to be met and fulfilled before moving up to the next level. As the ideas of Wellness continue to expand and be explored, the number of sectors has also grown and evolved. The four, six, eight, (who do we appreciate) components of Wellness have shifted from the six facets; physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental and social, established by Dr. Bill Hettler in 1976. 

Current well-being leaders, including, Anthony Robbins, renowned Life Coach, also states there are six core human needs – certainty, variety, significance, love and connection, growth and contribution. Interestingly, the first four needs are defined as “needs of the personality” and the last two are identified as “needs of the spirit.” In the scientific world, the National Centre for Biotechnology Information has stepped in and stated there are eight dimensions of wellness which are now used in achieving optimal mental and physical health:

1. Emotional – coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships with others and appreciating our own uniqueness.

2. Environment- good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being. Takes responsibility to preserve, protect and improve the environment and appreciates the interconnectedness of nature and the individual.

3. Financial – satisfaction with current and future financial situations and is fully aware of financial state and budgets, saves and manages finances in order to achieve realistic goals.

4. Intellectual – recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills and encourages life-long learning.

5. Occupational – personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work. involves personal satisfaction and enrichment in your life through the choice of profession, career, and personal performance.

6. Physical – recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep. The taking care of your physical body to maximize your energy and prevent many chronic illnesses.

7. Social – developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system. Encourages contributing to your community by encouraging healthier living and initiating better communication with those around you. Supporting the interdependence of your community with the natural surroundings gives opportunities to live in harmony with others and with our environment.

8. Spiritual – expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life. The spiritual dimension recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in life. Having your actions fall in line with your beliefs and values works towards developing a healthy world view. Pondering the meaning of life for yourself involves respecting the decisions of others to follow their own path.

ARE YOU LEADING THE WAY?

With a somewhat clear understanding of wellness and the key factors determined, then why has the effectiveness of Workplace Wellness programs resulted in minimal change in employees’ overall health? As in many things, change has to starts at the top. 

As aesthetics professionals we try to integrate wellness principles within our practices – stress management and healthy eating as just two areas that must be addressed if we want our treatments to deliver long-lasting results and help our clients gain maximum benefit from our services.

However, we sometimes do not give the same attention to these issues for our own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our staff.  Are we providing a good example to our staff and instructing them to take care of themselves, get treatments, rest, finding ways to recharge and practice mindfulness and good nutrition? 

If workplace wellness, is going to be accepted and utilised by team members, we as leaders must do exactly that, and lead by example. Taking time to use the products sold to clients, having a quick mindfulness session to reduce tension. Having a gratitude instead of gripe session. There has been lots of research on the benefits of replacing complaints with grateful comments. Look for ways to foster ways that can create a sense of calm. It is counterintuitive to create a place of serenity and peace for your guests and not do the same for the ourselves or team members. In fact, putting a wellness program in place for your staff is one of the best ways to improve productivity and create a culture of care, nurture and hopefully, loyalty to your brand.

If you are interested in gaining expert knowledge in the area of workplace wellness, we highly recommend training courses available through the ASWA Wellness Academy https://aswa.net.au